A motivated Paula Poundstone returns to Clayton on Saturday | Arts and entertainment

CLAYTON – Comedian Paula Poundstone returns Saturday to the north of the country, where she performed in 2013 and 2019 and when those things were taken for granted.

A pandemic and the closure of entertainment venues have a way to create a renewed appreciation for things like a laughter-filled opera house.

“We need a collective answer to things,” Ms. Poundstone said in a telephone interview from her home in Santa Monica, California. “It’s part of being a human being. He is different than when you see things alone. The human brain works just like that. Sometimes, when you listen to things or see things with a group, you see and hear things that you wouldn’t even have noticed on your own. “

Ms. Poundstone also performed at the Clayton Opera House in 2019, a tour that also included a stop at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. In 2013 she performed at the Dulles State Office Building.

“It’s so good to be back on stage and have an audience in front of me again,” said Ms. Poundstone.

But there is another motivating factor.

“Earning a living doesn’t hurt. It’s pretty compelling, “she said.

Ms. Poundstone has a full tour schedule through the end of the year. The comedian is known for her intelligent, observational humor and her spontaneous wit. Time magazine, in its March 2020 “Best of” issue, listed Ms. Poundstone’s HBO special, “Cats, Cops and Stuff” as one of the five funniest stand-up specials ever.

In 2018, she created the popular “Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone” podcast and is a regular speaker on NPR’s comedy news quiz, “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”, Heard locally at 10am Saturdays. on North Country Public Radio.

Ms. Poundstone kept busy during the arrest caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and which kept her grounded at home for 15 months, starting in the spring of 2019.

“I started out by making comedy videos,” he said. “You may feel the fear of everyone in the supermarket, on social networks and things like that. So, at first, I thought, “Well, I’m going to make videos to help people get away with it.” I did this for a while and then I realized it was going to go on for quite a while and I didn’t have a formal income! Boy, would that wake you up! “

Fortunately, she said her podcast, “Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone”, was created. “So, we moved on to that obviously like everyone else who was doing podcasts, to recording from home.”

Ms. Poundstone also created an additional mini podcast, for which she wrote her scripts: “French Trump Weekly Press Conference.”

“While it wasn’t something that would bring income, creatively I was doing things I had never done before,” he said. “I can’t make a good impression of Trump, so I do it with a bombastic, bogus French accent.”

His friends played members of the press. “It was fun to do and something out of my wheelhouse,” said Ms. Poundstone.

Ms. Poundstone described her podcast as a “guide to life in the field of comedy”. While shutting down, she created a podcast segment, “Outside the Actor’s Studio!” where she pretends to be an actress auditioning for roles. She appreciates what she did with actor Fred Willard, who died in 2020. In the segment, Mr. Willard plays a vet and Mrs. Poundstone is a client with a pug and a problem.

“I wrote this part for him, thinking about his voice and he did it just as I hoped,” he said. “He was always very discreet, and the characters that Fred often played were someone who didn’t seem to understand what he was being told, but he didn’t seem to capture the emotions of others in a scene, which is a lot of fun.”

During the closing, Ms. Poundstone also created a “really silly” play show, “Nobody Asked You”, did volunteer work, watched over a “house full of cats and dogs” and kept appearing. regularly in “Wait, wait … Don ‘Tell me!”

With the return of her live shows, Ms. Poundstone said the favorite part of her concerts is speaking to the audience.

“I do the ancient, ‘Where do you come from, what do you do for a living?’ That way little biographies of audience members emerge and I somehow use what to set sail from, “she said.

“Because of that element, no show is ever the same. The mixture is stirred by the public “.

The details

WHAT: Comedian Paula Poundstone at Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive.

WHEN: Saturday 7.30pm.

COST: Tickets cost $ 30, $ 35, and $ 40 depending on seating.

TICKETS: Go to Claytonoperahouse.com or call its ticket office at 315-686-2200.

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